Ever wonder what it would be like to be a woman in Muslim-dominated Saudi Arabia? The Girls of Riyadh follows the lives of 4 young women from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, whose exploits and emotions are exposed through a secret friend’s email group (the book is set in 2004). It delves into many of the double standards women face at the hands of men, especially in terms of love. Gamrah is forced into an arranged marriage by her family, only to learn that the man she marries is in love with someone else. Gamrah, though, is treated like the outcast in Saudi society while her ex-husband is free to marry his true love. Most of the chapters are short but clever, like a 30 minute Sex in the City episode. Many of the characters are well off but tied to the cultural and religious standards of the country, which can mean interrogation by the Cultural (i.e. religious) Police for something as innocent as meeting a young man for coffee. This book is recommended read for anyone seeking a contemporary look into the lives of modern Muslim women.
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